I took my bicycle off the road 138 days ago. Making my cycling season 227 days long, 62% of the year.
My friends Darcie and Peter cycled to the New Years Levees, so they’ve got me beat. But at almost two thirds of the year, that’s still a pretty long season, and it’s a lot longer than the “well, for six months of the year, you can’t bicycle” reasoning that automobile enthusiasts bring out.
For the first time this year, I did some basic spring maintenance myself: MacQueen’s has a backlog of 70 bicycles to get to before they could get to mine, and I wasn’t patient enough to wait. I oiled the chain, tightened the bolts, and even trued the back wheel, with the help of a spoke-tightening tool loaned to me by my friend Cynthia.
Oliver’s bike, and my bike, are now ready for the season. We’re about to head off on our first ride.
This could be your 'rites of spring', bringing the bicycle back to good shape for another season!